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Author: Moody, McMillian
Humorous Religious Fiction

Elmo Jenkins is celebrating his fifth anniversary as a staff member of First Church. Much has changed at the historic downtown church, with new Senior Pastor Billy Pike Jameson and his humorless wingman Lord Hatchet keeping Elmo more than busy. In the midst of helping the church navigate the precarious waters of starting a contemporary worship service, Elmo is asked to lead a mission trip to Papua New Guinea. As always, Elmo keeps his sense of humor and his faith in God’s higher purpose.

On the home front, Elmo’s feisty mother-in-law is relentlessly pressuring him to produce a grandchild. Elmo’s friend Erlene has moved into an Assisted Living Facility where she’s stirring up some serious trouble. To make matters worse, someone is systematically burglarizing the homes of the First Church membership. Could there be an inside connection?

Thurm, Harry, and Father Ted are still on board along with new friends Pearly Gates, The Radio Guy, and Stumpy the Squirrel.

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Author: Moody, Diane
Contemporary Christian Romance

Lucy Alexander has a hopeless case of writer’s block. But all that changes when her handsome UPS guy delivers a box of vintage teacups from the estate of her namesake and beloved Aunt Lucille. Happy memories of tea parties they shared when Lucy was young flood her mind. And with them, the forgotten stories her aunt loved to tell over tea and Scottish shortbread. Colorful tales of fascinating characters woven together with the undeniable power of love. Some were true, most weren’t, but it was her aunt’s extraordinary gift of storytelling that first ignited Lucy’s passion to write.

Though still grieving the recent loss of her aunt, Lucy unwraps the fragile cups and saucers, and with them, a flood of memories and story ideas.

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Author: Ruth-Killgore, Chanacee
Women Sleuths
Abigail Hart is once again between jobs. She’s also still between boyfriends, which means it’s time for her semi-annual change of scenery. A new job in a new town is Abby’s favorite tactic for finding a fresh path. But when she learns that the uncle who raised her has been found dead, the result of a suspicious fire, Abby’s next path leads home.Abby returns to the small town of Unahu, Tennessee, nestled in the heart of the Smoky Mountains, to bury her uncle and sift through the ashes for answers. Things heat up quickly when she finds herself caught between a deadly firebug and the romantic advances of not one, but two handsome friends from her youth. After another body turns up, though, all of Abby’s longtime friendships and loyalties are called into question as it becomes clear she’s next on the killer’s list.
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Author: McGovern, Nancy
Cozy Mystery

Life has always been fairly placid for Bluebell Knopps and she’s liked it that way.

She has a job working at her mother’s salon in the small town of Lledrith. She has a fiance with whom she’s in love. And, after years of trial and error, she has finally found a dye that effectively masks her naturally neon-blue hair, allowing her to blend in for the first time in her life!

But things are about to go bad…fast!

When her fiance is found murdered and Bluebell wakes up in the middle of a field with no memory of the night before, even she has to wonder if she could be to blame. After all, he had just broken her heart, effectively turning her perfect life upside down.

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Author: Mason, P.A.
Witchy Cozy Mystery

A dead seer who didn’t see it coming. A trip halfway across the world. A hex to outrun.

Kat is at a crossroads in life. Nursing a broken heart at the Crowe ancestral home after a recent break-up, a series of accidents plagues her—and she doesn’t believe in coincidences. When the family learns of Great Aunt Tabby’s death all the way in Australia, Kat struggles to reconcile why the seer hadn’t given them forewarning.

To figure out why—and put some distance between herself and bad juju—Kat volunteers to see to Aunt Tabby’s affairs in person and ensure magical family heirlooms don’t fall into the wrong hands. No sooner as she hits the tarmac Down Under, she stumbles at the first hurdle. The heirlooms are gone.

Convinced of a more sinister explanation to her aunt’s death, Kat must launch her own investigation in a foreign country armed only with green magic and gumption.

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Author: Hall, Russ
Hard-Boiled Mysteries

Trouble big as all hell.

Retired sheriff’s detective Al Quinn hasn’t spoken to his brother, Maury, in twenty years. When Maury lands in the hospital under suspicious circumstances, though, Al reluctantly abandons his quiet country seclusion to look into the matter. A second attempt to take Maury out drives the brothers back to Al’s lakeside home, where Al knows the territory, but they’re not alone for long. ICE agents demand that Maury rat on his silent partner, city cop Fergie Jergens comes investigating the murders of Maury’s lady friends, and someone takes a match to Al’s house.

Al soon learns his problems are only getting started—his brother’s in trouble on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. Caught in a ruthless power struggle between the ICE and Los Zetas, a vicious Mexican mafia bent on ascendancy, Al learns the hard way who he can trust—and who’s willing to do whatever it takes to succeed.

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Author: Bianchi, Sal
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Sea Adventures Fiction

For many, Apalachicola is a failed tourist town on Florida’s Forgotten Coast, but for Police Chief Randall Cole, it’s home. So when he gets a call from a concerned shop owner that the town’s hoarder and conspiracy theorist hasn’t been around for a couple of days, he takes it seriously. When Cole finds the poor man dead under a pile of his own hoard, it looks like an unfortunate accident, but for him, there’s more to the story.

As he digs into the man’s murder, it gets more and more dangerous. Someone doesn’t want Cole to find the truth behind the conspiracy theorist’s death or the failed resort in Apalachicola, and they will kill to have their way. Too bad for them that Randall Cole doesn’t die easy.

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Author: Greene, Grace
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Family Life Fiction
Hannah Cooper’s daughter is leaving for college soon. The change is bittersweet. A single mother since the age of eighteen, Hannah isn’t eager to confront the pain of being alone, but she’s determined not to let her own hang-ups keep Ellen from the future she deserves. As Ellen’s high school graduation approaches, Hannah decides it’s time to return to her roots in Cooper’s Hollow along Virginia’s beautiful and rustic Cub Creek.
With the help of longtime friend Roger Westray, Hannah devotes her energies to building a new house on the site of the old family home, destroyed in a fire more than a decade ago. But Hannah’s entire adult life has revolved around one very big secret. And her new beginning comes with unanticipated risks that will cost her far more than she could have imagined–perhaps more than she can survive.
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Author: Bonacci, Jane, Kinsella, Shannon
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Gluten Free Cooking

Now you can enjoy gluten-free bread at home every day easily, affordably, and deliciously.

The Gluten-Free Bread Machine Cookbook takes the expense, frustration, and difficulty out of baking gluten-free bread. Regardless of what bread machine you own, Jane Bonacci and Shannon Kinsella’s new cookbook will make gluten-free bread an everyday enjoyment.

Whether you’re obsessed with sourdough, love holiday breads, or are interested in gluten-free pizza dough, focaccia, and more – this book covers it all, including helpful explanations, tips and tricks, and a wide range of bread machine brands and models. It’ll even let you know when to use that “gluten-free” setting on your bread maker and when it’s better to just avoid it.

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Author: Houston, Victoria
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Crime Thrillers

Murder stalks the Wisconsin northwoods in a gripping novel from the author of the acclaimed Loon Lake mysteries.

It’s mid-May in the tiny northwoods Wisconsin town of Loon Lake, and the fish are biting. Walleye’s not the only thing on the hook. There are rumors that a precious vein of nickel and copper is buried on the property of wealthy Grace McDonough, and the drilling is about to begin. But not if environmentalist Pete Ferris can help it.

When Grace’s 24-year-old son, Noah, is caught in a sordid sex crime, police chief Lew Ferris makes the arrest. But a day later, Lew is stricken when her brother Pete turns up dead, a bloody pry bar found in the woods nearby. Then, Grace’s body is discovered in a car at the bottom of a river–and Noah has vanished. Lew puts out a statewide APB, but before long, Noah is also found murdered on the McDonough property.

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Author: Mansell, Jill
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Romantic Comedy

Thanks to little white lie, Lainey and Kit arrive at their new jobs in blissful, summery Cornwall only to find themselves in the midst of a lovable but overwhelming family—where every family member is having an identity crisis at the same time.

Widowed mom Majella has done her best for years, but can’t quite grasp why things are falling apart. No one can guess what’s causing the chaos because everyone is keeping secrets.

In classic Jill Mansell style, Lainey and her friends are drawn through a hilarious multi-generational soap opera. By the end, happily-ever-afters are available to anyone willing to tell the truth about their heart’s desire.

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